1. Arithmetical inconsistencies
The title “ One in four Britons will get cancer “ shows us that 25 per cent (one in four) of the Britons will get cancer but according to Macmillan figures 42 per cent will develop cancer so almost the double.
The Macmillan cancer support claims that 42 per cent of the British folk will develop cancer these are statistics from this year and statistics from 30 years ago show that is was 32 percent according to Macmillan cancer support. So the increase is just 10 per cent each 30 years. According to the text almost at the end the illness is expected to double in the next 20 years whereas it increases just 10 per cent every 30 years according to Macmillan cancer support.
2. Justified or not ?.
1. “More than one in four Britons will get cancer…“ (No evidence given)
2. “The numbers affected by the devastating disease have increased by more than a third in ten years… “ (No evidence given)
3. “Figures obtained by Macmillan Cancer Support show 42 per cent of us will develop cancer…“ ( source : Macmillan Cancer support )
4. “Experts blame lifestyle factors such as obesity, excessive drinking and smoking for rising levels of the disease. (No evidence given)
5. “ There are currently two million people in Britain with the illness and this is expected to double within the next 20 years. (No evidence)
3. Untrue Assumption
- “There are 2 million people in Britain with the illness“ the British population is 63.7 mil and Macmillan cancer support claims that 42 per cent will develop cancer. According to this informations almost 24 mil people in Britain will get cancer. That is a too high number to make sense.
4. Why might “people living longer“ cause of cancer?
In the past people died because of things we now just handle at home like little cuts or cough.
Now those things are not life threatening anymore which increases our life time thank antibiotics. Cancer develops mostly in middle aged or old people and it takes time to kill people. There are even people who get over it and that makes the life time statistics increase even more.
5. Why might an increasing proportion of the population having cancer be a “good thing” in some sense. In what sense?
Actually the answer is in the question.To make it clear, the population is growing and as we can see many cities in the world are getting that much crowded that it gets unbearable to live in. The government tries to find solutions but it will never be enough because the population is faster in growing than the government is in finding solutions. Also the facilities in popular cities are increasing so the rate of migration increases and it comes to the same point as it is mentioned before “ to crowd cities“ . This is where the “illness“ cancer comes in as a “good thing“ it cant get forbidden to move to better cities or causing a crowd so people have to die in to reduce this in someway. This could be a positive argument why an increasing proportion of the population having cancer might be a “good thing“ in some sense.